Sixth Form Preview Centre

Letter from Mrs Harrison-Forsyth – Year 11 Bridging Work Summer Term 2

Transition Resources for Sixth Form

In order to help with your preparation for Sixth Form, we have developed a ‘virtual experience’ for students who are intending to join us in September. Departments have created a wealth of pre-learning materials, activities and wider reading for you to access.

 In addition, the school has signed up to EtonX’s Future Skills Programme. This is a suite of courses each of which provides 7-10 hours of self-study content.  Each course is fronted by a different Eton College teacher, but the skills learned are generic and useful for all students preparing for further education or the workplace.  The option chosen for FHS Year 11 is the ‘resilience’ course. Instructions on registering will be sent separately by Mrs Harrison-Forsyth.









  • Religious Studies A Level
  • Futurelearn courses – why not enrol on and complete a short distance learning course with Futurelearn?  The courses are free to join and involve a commitment of a few hours per week for a short period of time.  They are delivered by universities from around the world and are a great way to develop your thinking and study skills as well as to get a taste of what it is like to study different subjects.  The following courses would be useful preparation for A Level Religious Studies.
  • – this will give you a taste of how moral theories are applied to modern global issues and involves three hours per week of study over four weeks.
  • critical thinking is an important skill when studying philosophy.  Develop your skills with this course, which involves four hours of study per week over eight weeks.
  • Religious Studies A Level – recommended reading and viewing
  • TED talks to watch and think about

Behavioural economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of “effective altruism” — and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

If you’re lucky enough to live without want, it’s a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what’s the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share. NOTE: Starting at 0:30, this talk contains 30 seconds of graphic footage.